While we continue looking back at 2014 we thought we would break things down to what the most popular comics actually were. We previously looked at the top selling comics of each month, which really showed Batman dominating it as being the top title for six different months. Now we are just looking directly at the top selling comics in general, which is actually a different list. This tells us a lot about trends, though we can still see a few common points. First, that Marvel dominates, yet DC is always a close second. Second, that summer events still dominate, but only for those middle months. Third, Loot Crate is going to be a major player in determining what comics reach those top numbers. You will also notice the general lack of diversity on this list, and this really does not reflect the diversity in sales. If you look at the entire general list, or the general monthly lists, you will notice how many Image and Dark Horse books actually sell well, and even how many different Marvel and DC comics there are that have solid numbers. The top comics, however, are never the most diverse. Likewise, you can always expect a “number 1” from a known character to dominate sales. This is both because of the run-off from speculators that are hoping for the next big comic collector scores, and because it is a good jumping on point.
Here is a list of the top twenty-five selling comics for 2014, taken directly from the statistical number crunching that ComicChron does for their reports.
|Comic-book Title||Issue||Price||Publisher||Est. Orders|
|4||Death of Wolverine||1||$4.99||Marvel||274,022|
|5||Death of Wolverine||4||$4.99||Marvel||170,839|
|8||Death of Wolverine||2||$4.99||Marvel||148,930|
|9||Death of Wolverine||3||$4.99||Marvel||147,240|
|11||Avengers and X-Men Axis||1||$4.99||Marvel||140,459|
|15||Batman Futures End||1||$3.99||DC||129,266|
|16||All New Captain America||1||$3.99||Marvel||123,597|